The largest peninsula on Croatia's rugged Adriatic Coast, Istria is a popular biking, water sports and sailing destination. The rugged west coast is dotted with white-pebble beaches and rocky coves, each lapped by glorious aquamarine seas, and attracts a host of diving, snorkelling and sailing enthusiasts. Road and mountain biking fans should head inland and discover the region's lush interior, characterised by pine forests and woodland trails.
Whether you're looking for modern beach resorts with infinity pools and water sports centres, budget campsites with mobile homes or rustic farmstays in inland villages, let Expedia help find your perfect adventure sports accommodation in Istria.
What Areas of Istria Are Suitable for Adventure Sports Fans?
Istria's west coast is renowned for its lively beach resorts, and Poreč is regarded as the king of them all. Poreč's two, three and four star hotels make great adventure sports bases – most of them lie within the Zelena Laguna and Plava Laguna areas, which offer marinas, water sports and diving centres and buzzing nightlife too.
Other Adventure Activities to Try in Istria
Crljenka Sports Airport in Poreč offers paragliding, parachuting and pleasure flights over Istria's coast, while the Poreč Motordrome and Sky Fox Adventure Park boasts a karting track, bike trails and a treetop obstacle park. Rock climbing and caving are also popular activities for visitors to Istria. Head 6 km inland and witness the magnificent stalactite formations in the Baredine Caves.
Stay near the Sailing and Diving Areas of Istria
Pula, Istria's main city, is also a hub for sailing and diving enthusiasts. While the charming old town attracts the culture set who come for its ancient Roman Arena, one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world, many will hop on a boat and explore the Brijuni Islands, a cluster of 14 small islands set 6 km off the coast. Veli Brijuni is the largest and most accessible island, where you can sail, dive and snorkel its crystal clear waters.
With a wide range of three and four star hotels, modern apartment complexes and lively beach resorts, Expedia has your adventure sports holiday in Istria covered.